The Girl Child

October 11th is International Day of the Girl Child, a day to raise awareness about female inequality around the world.

During the several years I lived in India, I saw plenty of female inequality. Here are some snippets of conversations I had with locals which highlight the plight of females. Share them, raise awareness, do your little bit for the cause.

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Monsoon rain lashes the road, sending clouds of steam into the air, and men cover their heads with plastic bags and run for cover. Under every shop front awning is a swarm of men huddled together, their trouser bottoms darkened with saturation.

“Where are all the women?” I ask. “It’s mostly men on the streets.”

“At home, Madam, doing domestic work.”

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“My father and brother always eat first. Whatever is left, my mother, sister and I share.”

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“Did you finish school?” I ask.

“No, Madam. Mummy and Daddy arrange marriage.”

“How old were you when you married?”

“Fourteen, Madam.”

“So young!”

“Yes, Madam.” Her mouth forms a half-smile but her face is sombre.

 

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